Songwriting is a unique process for everyone who does it, and with that comes unique challenges.
“It is such a personal form of art,” said Billy McDowell, who is hoping to answer questions local songwriters have about the music and the business. “Everybody has a different process for doing it.”
McDowell is sharing information at a free seminar Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Prattville Cultural Arts Building’s Way Off Broadway Theater, 203 W. Fourth St. The event is a partnership between the city of Prattville and the Montgomery Area Musicians Association (MAMA).
“I’d like to hear what they’ve been working on, and hear some original music,” said McDowell.
He’d also like to give them some of the resources he’s used over the last few years.
“Talk about the craft of songwriting and talk about some of the things publishers have told me that they’re looking for when they review music.”
McDowell is an award-winning songwriter and MAMA supporter. He’s attended the National Songwriter’s Association seminar and has years of experience working with other songwriters.
While the music business is difficult, but offers new opportunities today for wide distribution, McDowell said.
“At the end of the day, I hope it’s an encouragement for people to write songs and enjoy the art of it,” McDowell said.
McDowell said the seminar can hold around 20 under coronavirus conditions. Guests are asked to wear a mask coming in, and during times of closer contact.
“We’re going to make sure that people are distanced, but also give them a chance to play some of their own music,” he said.
Those who would like to attend should RSVP to 334-590-5987.
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